More Great TV Shows

TV has already been brilliant this January and now we enter February I have added even more programmes to my recommended list. The choice of quality and fun series feels better than ever after a slow down in production during the pandemic. I am still registered with a TV Extra agency and the shear amount of offers I have received lately is great. Sadly I just don’t have time to do them as I no longer work part time and haven’t done for a while.

Anyway, the following TV shows have got my attention and sustained my interest so far. If you are looking for new shows to grab your interest, then these are definitely worth a try.

Casting agents have been doing a great job lately, especially in the shows I have reviewed.

Trigger Point – ITV

This show was always going to be good. It is produced by Jed Mercurio, of ‘Line of Duty’ fame, and stars Vicky McClure, with a guest spot by Adrian Lester. All about a bomb disposal team who are dealing with some challenging times, this series is thrilling and fascinating.

Vicky plays Lana, who is a strong female lead that is trying to solve a puzzle related to recent bomb discoveries in London. Alongside this, she is dating a Police detective, making work and personal life an interesting balance. Also the loss of a close friend and colleague provides more incentive to rid London of the preceding threat.

Only two episodes in, but this masterpiece of an ITV drama is compelling and well written, with fully rounded characters. The gritty subject matter makes this unsuitable for kids but as far as storyline goes it had similar ingredients to the incredible ‘Bodyguard’ series, also penned by Jed Mercurio.

The Book of Bobba Fett – Disney

Oh my goodness! For any Star Wars fans, there have been some brilliant series coming out since Disney Plus emerged onto the streaming market. First we had ‘The Mandalorian’ (reviewed here), which was followed up with a second season and now we have ‘The Book of Bobba Fett.’

Baby Yoda, otherwise known as `Grogu’ is a regular Mandalorian character.

I don’t want to give any spoilers for proper Star Wars fans but can say that these two series are linked in several ways. In the six episodes of Bobba Fett we find out what happened to him after he was thrown into the Sarlak pit during ‘The Return of the Jedi.’ Let’s face it – we were all wondering if that was the end of him or not.

Bobba had already appeared in the Mandalorian series and now we get to find out about how he dragged his way out of a pit (literally!) and quickly became a big player in Mos Eisley, the town that Jabba once ruled. The other main characters are well cast (especially Ming-Na Wen as Fennec Shand – Bobba’s loyal deputy) and help to make this narrative interesting and entertaining. There are many flashbacks and connections to the original George Lucas movies, too.

Both of my recommendations are six part series so can be spread out or easily watched in binges. I absolutely love Trigger Point for its unpredictability and pace. Bobba is all about Star Wars nostalgia and filling in the gaps of ongoing stories. Created by Jon Favreau, this series is another example of Lucasfilm magic.

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Why is Disney so fascinating?

When I was little I wrote to Disney magazine and asked if I could work for them. The response was a lovely letter and some really cute Disney character transfers, which helped me get over their subtle rejection. Many years after that I am still incredibly impressed by what Disney has achieved and the fact that the company keeps reflecting and building upon what Walt originally established.

Imaginative teams create these lasting delights.

From animated movies to TV series and documentaries, Disney has a way of making stories that entertain while asking questions, challenging perceptions and allowing viewers a great deal of escapism. I feel as though this is turning out like an advertisement but really I wanted this article to draw attention to some small Disney Plus programmes which focus on different aspects of the Disney organisation.

The little documentaries that I enjoy most are the ‘Disney Insider’ short programmes which are roughly 20 minutes long each. They give insights into the making of new Disney projects and behind the scenes at some of the most famous attractions at the theme parks. From finding out how animations are made to learning about some of the delicacies available at Disney Land, these shows have segments about all sorts of things.

Disney owns ABC television and produces books, toys and all sorts of audio output as well as theatre shows and cruises. So there is plenty for the Insider shows to cover and I look forward to what they choose to celebrate next. Within the Disney umbrella is Pixar too and they have a similar show called ‘Inside Pixar’ which allows us inside the amazing Pixar studios and provides us with extra details about their story making and creative processes.

History of Disney

As well as these little insights, there is also a documentary about how Walt started everything off and began to put together a team to design and visualise. ‘The Imagineering story’ tells us how his visions were translated into films, theme parks and a Disney culture. A group of elite artists, called Imagineers, have been coming up with ideas and concepts that have underpinned the Disney narrative ever since Walt got them started.

To add to this, a series of programmes about how some of the best known attractions came into existence is also available on the Disney Plus platform. ‘Behind the Attractions’ is great because it takes us on the journey from inception to opening day for features such as ‘It’s a Small World’ and ‘Star Tours.’ I especially loved learning about how the hotels developed over the years and the introduction of the monorail.

This set of programmes about how the magic of Disney continues to evolve is really interesting and satisfies my need to know details. I hope that you enjoyed this post and consider following my blog for more articles about entertainment, books and the environment.

Cool TV Shows

As you all know, I am a massive TV addict and watch a lot of series all year round. I enjoy talking about them with my friends and, of course, discussing them on this little blog. My reviews are honest but I only ever bother to write about the programmes that I ended up really enjoying.

The Mandalorian

Baby Yoda really is cute.

Star Wars is a big part of my childhood and has gone on to become a series of movies that I absolutely love. So it is no surprise that I found the idea of ‘The Mandalurian’ really compelling. Set in the Star Wars galaxies and helmed by Disney, this show is easy watching.

One of the characters who grabbed everyone straight away is the baby Yoda, who looks very much like the well known Yoda who led the Jedi knights during the original George Lucas classics.

The adventures of the hooded Mandalurian are exciting and take us on journeys to familiar and unfamiliar parts of the Universe. ‘Mando’ has some regular allies and a recurring enemy who often unsettles his plans.

His job is to do bounty missions rescuing aliens or recovering treasures. Each episode is directed by a different person and the quality of directors is incredible, including Bryce Dallas Howard and Deborah Chow. Bryce is well known for Jurassic World and for being Ron Howard’s daughter.

You will find this show on Disney Plus and it is currently awaiting its third season. I totally recommend checking it out whether you are a Star Wars fan or otherwise.

The World According to Jeff Goldblum

I learned a lot about Denim from Jeff.

This is more of a documentary show, which is given a lift because of being hosted by one of the nicest guys on television. Jeff has a cool and very funny way of hosting these random one-offs about everything from ice cream to gaming.

He cleverly looks at the history of each topic and it’s origins and then explores its world happily, giving us an insight into that particular subject. I really found these episodes interesting and fun. I especially learned a lot about BBQs, sneakers (or ‘trainers’, as we call them in the UK), and Denim.

I never knew very much about the history or relevance of Denim before watching this, but his quick way of enlightening the viewer really does leave you feeling more knowledgeable and fulfilled. I would totally recommend looking at the list of documentaries and checking out one that grabs your interest. They are all less than half an hour and can also be found on Disney Plus, under the National Geographic banner.

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